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Old 2011-05-04, 07:18 PM   #28
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Sky-Byte Saves The Day
Airdate: 23 June 2002
Written By: Tadashi Hayakawa
Adapted By: Matthew V Lewis
Japanese Title: Friend of Righteousness? Gelshark

Synopsis:
Optimus Prime and T-AI discuss about the O-Parts, and affirms that finding them is their number one priority. In Metro City, Sky-Byte and the Predacon trio arrive at the grand opening of the CGA Tower, one of the tallest towers in the world. Sky-Byte plans to topple the tower, which would make the Predacons famous. Despite their skepticism, the Predacons follow Sky-Byte as they attack the support rods of the tower. Build Team is deployed, but their arrival provokes the Predacons to open fire indiscriminately at buildings, and Wedge negotiates with Sky-Byte not to harm the hostages. Sky-Byte, not realising that the people in the tower could be used as hostages, attempts to improvise as if he has planned this and demands to talk to Optimus. When asked for demands, Sky-Byte and the Predacons randomly babble for a 'thingy'. Optimus and T-AI think that it is a demand for the O-Parts, which Sky-Byte confirms... although they have no idea what the O-Parts are. Optimus goes off to deliver the O-Parts personally. Sky-Byte feels pretty good about the situation... and knocks the last tower support off by leaning on it.

Sky-Byte and Wedge rush to hold the tower up, and the rest of their teams rush in to help as well. To the onlookers and hostages, it looks as if the Predacons are helping. The Decepticons ambush Optimus Prime, wanting to steal Sky-Byte's thunder. Optimus Prime swiftly blasts Ruination and then Scourge, and drives on. In the tower, the Predacons are not really happy (Sky-Byte has an itch) but the kids cheer for Sky-Byte, something that has never happened to the Predacon before. Optimus arrives but so does Scourge, who opens fire out of revenge because he can't get the O-Parts. Optimus battles Scourge while the Build Team tries to keep Scourge's missiles away. Sky-Byte struggles to keep the tower upright despite the crossfire, wanting to 'save his dear hostages'. The Autobots drive Scourge off and Landfill drills a hole for the tower to go in. The day is saved! Afterwards Sky-Byte and the Predacons watch the sunset and recover from their back pain and itches... and realise that they forgot to pick the O-Parts from Optimus.

Featured Transformers: Optimus Prime, Sky-Byte, Dark Scream, Gas Skunk, Slapper, Hightower, Wedge, Heavy Load, Grimlock, Megatron, Scourge, Movor, Ro-Tor, Armorhide, Mega-Octane, Rollbar, Ruination, Landfill
Notable Others: T-AI, Koji Onishi, Jenny, Karl, Kelly

Review:
Much silliness, but the good kind of silliness. While the Build Team is still largely uninteresting at least Wedge isn't as irritating as he was in the past two episodes. Sky-Byte is absolutely golden, being clueless yet still persistent enough to try to get whatever he is supposed to get... and foul up because he tries to save the people who actually cheer for him. You just pity him, he's this harmless bully that's unappreciated by everyone else, but too stupid to make the leap from evil goon to anti-hero. The Predacon trio are still by-and-by generic, sarcastic troublemaking goons, but they've grown personalities. Not distinct, but as a whole. Kelly is still irritating, and both T-AI and Koji are still lifeless. All is well with the world.

Optimus Prime's pretty fun as he trashes both Ruination and Scourge in three hits to save the humans. And all the while this ties in to the O-Parts plot. Scourge is pretty nice to see as well, a real villain, that Scourge. He just can't stand to see Sky-Byte succeed, even though the Decepticons clearly outclass Sky-Byte's Predacons in every way. He's an angry, jealous soul, unwilling to let others even get the slightest bit of victory. Sky-Byte undoubtedly steals the show, though, and at the end of the day you find that you won't root for the Autobots or Decepticons or Megatron, but for Sky-Byte. It's funny, isn't it? The character meant to be a pathetic joke is the one with the most distinct characterisation? Despite all the episodes we've been through, only Sky-Byte and Scourge, and maybe Side Burn have any kind of interesting development. Enjoy Sky-Byte, he's the best thing RID gave us. He's no Waspinator but he's his own brand of crazy fun.

(Seven out of Ten)

Notes:
An episode about a group of Predacons holding a tower with hundreds of people inside hostage, with it threatening to topple being the main plot of the episode? Yeah, this episode so never aired in the US.

Although it was not mentioned in that episode itself, apparently in 'Volcano' the Decepticons were looking for the O-Parts. Poor Sky-Byte wasn't informed, though.

Landfill combines in a different way this episode. Normally Landfill forms with Grimlock as arms and the other two as legs (Hurricane mode in Japan) but for this episode, Heavy Load forms the arms and the other two become legs (Typhoon mode in Japan). According to the Japan writers, Hurricane Mode gives Landfill a balance between offense and defense, while Typhoon Mode gives a higher offense. The third mode, Cyclone Mode, with Hightower as arms (not seen until much later) is the defensive mode.

Goofs:
The CGA tower's relative height varies widely, sometimes reaching for the skies, sometimes only as tall as the buildings around it.

Both the Tower and Autobot HQ are in Metro City, so why does Optimus Prime drive away from the city?
 

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